Markham Caerus conducts research and analysis of art crime to develop long-range, global solutions to protect our cultural heritage, art, and antiquities.

Illicit art trafficking is one of the largest categories of international crime, worth billions annually, and its consequences are irreversible. Once a work of art is damaged or a cultural site destroyed, it is lost forever.

The goal of Markham Caerus is to reveal patterns in art crime using geographic information systems (GIS), and use that knowledge to help scholars, art professionals, and law enforcement integrate their efforts of prevention and recovery.

Markham Caerus projects focus on:

  1. protecting archaeological sites, museums, artworks, and antiquities from looting and damage

  2. facilitating the recovery of lost, missing, and stolen objects

  3. reducing the feasibility and profitability of illegal and unethical art trafficking

The About Markham Caerus page has more information about the origins of the endeavour, its goals, a brief personal bio, and contact e-mail.

The Projects page features excerpts from my current blog, A Year in Provenance (hosted by Wordpress), as well as a sidebar that introduces current and upcoming ideas. 


Protecting works of art

and archaeology

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Objects in museums, objects in archaeological sites, and sites themselves are all vulnerable to looting, theft, and destruction. In protecting the objects, what we are really preserving is the knowledge within them: what they are, what they meant to the people who made them, and what they mean to us. Saving art means saving context.